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Betrothal of The Virgin.
Artist: Rosso Fiorentino (1494–1540).
Current location: Basilica of Saint Lawrence, Florence, Italy.
Deutsch: Bleiglasfenster in der Stiftskirche Saint-Quiriace in Provins, einer Gemeinde im Département Seine-et-Marne (Île-de-France), Darstellung: Geschichte des Joseph, untere Szene rechts: Heirat Josephs und Marias.
English: Marriage of the Virgin, Saint-Quiriace de Provins, France.
Photo: 4 June 2011.
Source: Own work.
In Matthew 1:16, Joseph is described as the husband of Mary. It is probable that Joseph and Mary were betrothed at Nazareth. The term "betrothal" indicates more than an engagement. It was customary to celebrate marriage in two stages, The first, that of the contractual arrangements culminating in consent or “betrothal.”
Scenes from the Life of the Virgin:
Marriage of the Virgin.
Artist: Giotto (1266–1337).
Current location: Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, Italy.
Marriage of Mary.
Artist: Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449–1494).
Current location: Tornabuoni Chapel, Florence, Italy.
The subject, of the Espousals of Mary and Joseph, is depicted: In a fresco, in the German Chapel at the Shrine of the Holy House in Loretto, Italy; in a sculpture in the Left Portico of Holy Family Basilica in Barcelona, Spain; and in a Stained-Glass Window at Saint Rita's Basilica, Cascia, Italy.